The week ahead in Florida politics

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In the dog days of summer,  state policy wonks gather up the numbers that inform the decisions the legislature and officials make during the spring legislative session. This week in Tallahassee much of the talk will be about money, what will be coming in and what is going out. There’s a reason it’s called the Capital City.

State economists will discuss school construction dollars and general revenue. The Public Service Commission will hold a hearing on nuclear cost recovery and political candidates will submit campaign finance reports.

Here’s a listing of the week’s events.

Monday Aug. 3

Medicaid Spending: State economists will reveal Medicaid spending trends during an estimating conference that begins 9:00 a.m. in room 117 of the Knott Building.

Nuclear Costs: The Public Service Commission will hold a hearing to discuss how much money two utilities can collect in 2015 for nuclear power projects. The meeting begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Betty Easley Conference Center.

College Numbers:  State economists will meet as an Education Estimating Conference to discuss trends within the state college system. The meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Knott Building.

 Tuesday Aug. 4

Elections Commission:  The Florida Elections Commission will consider cases involving political committees, including The American People Committee, Citizens for a Better Florida and the Florida Bankers Association Political Action Committee. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. in room 110 of the Senate Office Committee. The agenda can be seen here.

PECO Dollars:  A Revenue Estimating Conference will review collection of Public Education Capital Outlay dollars. The money helps fund school construction and maintenance. The meeting begins 1:30 p.m. at the Knott Building.

Fiscally Constrained Counties:  A Revenue Estimating Conference will review allocations and trends with the fiscally constrained counties. The meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. in the Knott Building.

Communities Trust:  The Florida Communities Trust board will meet at 2:30, at the Douglas Building in Tallahassee.  The program helps protect natural resources and working waterfronts. The agenda can be found here.

Wednesday Aug. 5

Elections Commission:  Among the cases the Florida Elections Commission will consider are Cases involving Sen. Dwight Bullard, D- Miami and Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D- Jacksonville, are among the cases the Florida Elections Commission will consider when it meets at 8:30 a.m. in the Senate Office Building, room 110. The agenda can be found here.

Parole Commission:  The Florida Commission on Offender Review will take up a number of cases dating to the 1970s and 1980s. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m.  The agenda can be seen here.

Thursday Aug. 7

Healthy Kids:  The Florida Healthy Kids Corp. Board of Directors will meet at 8:30 a. m. in Tallahassee. The government-funded program provides insurance coverage to children 5 – 18 years old.

General Revenue: State economists will tally up tax collections for the current fiscal years and discuss trends. The meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Knott Building.

Friday Aug. 8

Campaign Finance: Political candidates and committees must file campaign finance reports detailing fundraising and spending through Aug. 1.